Reviews and Problems with Intel Core i7-980X Extreme Edition AT80613003543AE (BX80613I7980X)
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22 November 2010
Excerpt: Based in White City, Oregon, Smooth Creations sells built-to-order gaming PCs and is known for its high-quality custom paint jobs. Last month we reviewed the HD 5970-equipped, Phenom X6-based, "Battlefield: Bad Company 2" custom gaming rig.
Conclusion: For the Divx 7 benchmark, we took a short 1080 HD video clip and passed it through the Divx 7 converter tool. This processes was repeated 5 times, with the media time reported as the final result. For this benchmark, we again found little difference between the i7-980X and i7-975. The performance difference here came out to roughly 5%, much of which can be attributed to the additional cache on the i7-980X.
Intel Core i7 980X Extreme Review: An Overall Look at the Core i7 Family
16 July 2010
Conclusion: As it turns out, this is not the case. In spite of featuring more cores and cache the Core i7 980X Extreme is more compact and fuel efficient . With an aggressive 3.33GHz clock speed, the chip flies along no matter if it is running applications that can only utilize one or two cores, especially when Turbo Boost is enabled. When time comes to work with applications that can utilize all six cores, the 980X Extreme enters a league of its own.
Conclusion: Bottom line- the 980X is an incredibly fast CPU and worth it if you are rendering or encoding at a professional level. For the rest of us, we can spend that $1000 on a CPU, Motherboard, Graphics card and memory to build a system that may not be as fast as the 980X but good enough to tackle the above mentioned games and benchmarks gracefully.
Summary: Verdict: There’s no denying the 980X is an impressive beast. The only issue is that it’s still ahead of the software curve, so unless you’re already using multi-threaded software, it’s better to wait for the 980X’s price to drop before taking the plunge.
Pros: Insanely fast when tackling multi-threaded software, compatible with existing X58 motherboards, same TDP as older quad-core chip.
Six Cores for a Desktop: Intel Core i7-980X Extreme Edition CPU Review
13 April 2010
Summary: Year 2010 will be remembered in the computer industry as the time when six-core processors entered the desktop segment. Intel was the first one to announce their six-core solution – a 999-dollar Nehalem modification featuring more computational cores and manufactured with 32 nm technological process.
Conclusion: Although the rating and final score mentioned in this conclusion are made to be as objective as possible, please be advised that every author perceives these factors differently at various points in time. While we each do our best to ensure that all aspects of the product are considered, there are often times unforeseen market conditions and manufacturer changes which occur after publication that could render our rating obsolete.
Pros: 6-CPU cores with 12-processor threads, 32nm Westmere die process technology, Advanced Encryption Standard New Instructions (AES-NI), Good for at least 4.0GHz overclock, 12-Watt idle power consumption, Excellent media transcoding or file compression performance, Includes Intel DBX-B Advanced Thermal Solution, Unlocked clock speed multiplier
Cons: Extremely expensive enthusiast product, Additional CPU cores limit overclocking headroom, Does not add performance to high-level gaming platforms
Excerpt: Although they are not due to hit store shelves for a few more weeks, Intel is using the always exciting Game Developers Conference currently being held in San Francisco to officially unveil the new Core i7-980X Extreme processor. Intel's Extreme Edition processors have always been targeted at enthusiasts and hardcore-gamers, so what better place to show off the fastest desktop processor for the PC to date?
Pros: Extreme Performance, Great Overclocker, 6-Cores!, Compatible With Existing Mobos
Cons: Ultra Expensive, Resources Will Be Wasted With Some Workloads